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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Yes, this is only one side of the story, but it seems a mighty unpleasant one: Oregon State coach LaVonda Wagner built culture on fear and intimidation, sources say
Eight former players and four of their mothers say the coach aims to control players' lives, and puts the well-being of the women on her team at risk. They say Wagner, 45, pressures athletes to play through serious injuries, threw a chair during a locker room tirade, ordered players to attend Weight Watchers sessions and once was kicked off a plane in front of her team after refusing to hang up her cell phone. One mother says that her "demoralized" daughter later sought counseling after leaving Oregon State because Wagner inflicted such "mental damage."